History is fun at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. You can experience the story of America's beginnings, from the founding of America's first permanent English colony in 1607 to the Revolution and establishment of a new nation almost two centuries later. Take time to explore the museums' exhibition galleries, films and interactive displays.
Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th-century Virginia; from the arrival of English colonists in Jamestown in 1607 to the cultural encounters and events that planted the seeds of a new nation. The world of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history.
Near the battlefield where allied American and French forces won the decisive battle of the American Revolution in 1781, the Yorktown Victory Center chronicles the Revolutionary period, from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation. The story of America’s evolution from colonial status to nationhood is told though films, exhibits and participatory experiences inside a new museum building and outdoor living history at a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. The state-operated museum of the American Revolution is an excellent starting point for a tour of Yorktown.
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